MOTOR SPORTS—EMERSON FITTIPALDI of Brazil, averaging 113.35 mph in his JPS Lotus, won the Belgium Grand Prix in Nivelles, Belgium as Francois Cevert finished second and Denis Hulme third. The win boosted Fittipaldi's lead in the Formula I world driving championship to nine points over Hulme.
ROWING—PENN led all the way in winning the heavyweight eight title by about a boat length over surprising Brown at the IRA championships on Syracuse's Onondaga Lake (page 24).
SOCCER—AJAX of Amsterdam retained the European Champions Cup, defeating Inter of Milan 2-0 on Johan Cruyff's two goals in the finals in Rotterdam.
TENNIS—BILLIE JEAN KING defeated Australia's Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-3 to win the French Open women's singles championship in Paris for the first time. In six previous tries Mrs. King had not lasted beyond the quarterfinal round. In the men's singles, ANDRES GIMENO of Spain beat France's Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—UCLA, led by JOHN SMITH, who set a meet record 44.5 in the 400-meter dash and anchored the winning mile-relay team, defeated Southern Cal 82-49 to win the team title at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. (page 84). Other outstanding performances were turned in by BRUCE COLLINS of Perm in the 400-meter hurdles (49.1, equaling the second fastest in the world this year); JOE LUCAS of Georgetown in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:30.2, third best in the world this year); DAVE WOTTLE of Bowling Green in the 1,500-meter run (3:39.7, also third best); TOM WOODS of Oregon State in the high jump (7'3�", best in the world this year); JOHN HALBERSTADT of Oklahoma State in the 10,000-meter run (28:50.4); AL SCHOTERMAN of Kent State in the hammer throw (231'3"); RON EVANS of Connecticut in the decathlon (7,571 points); and STEVE PREFONTAINE of Oregon, who gained his third NCAA title in winning the 5,000-meter run in 13:31.4. All the above are meet records except for Collins' time in the hurdles.
George Woods of the Pacific Coast Club put the shot 70'1�" at the Compton Invitational in the L.A. Coliseum, giving him the second-best heave in the world this season. He became only the third man in history to exceed 70 feet.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOHN QUINN, 64, as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies after the team dropped 17 of 18 games. Quinn became GM of the Boston Braves in 1945 and helped build three National League pennant winners (1948, 1957, 1958) in his 14 years with the team before taking over the Phils in 1959. Farm Director PAUL OWENS, 48, replaced Quinn.
HIRED: Phoenix Sun Coach LOWELL (Cotton) FITZSIMMONS, 40, as coach of the Atlanta Hawks, replacing Richie Guerin, who recently became general manager of the team. Fitzsimmons led the Suns to third-place finishes in the NBA's Midwest Division the past two seasons, compiling an overall 97-67 record.
NAMED: As director of player personnel of the Atlanta Braves, EDDIE ROBINSON, 51, the Braves' farm director, replacing Paul Richards, who had functioned as general manager the past five years. Richards, who remains with the team as a vice-president, will "evaluate the talent of other major league teams," according to Brave President Bill Bartholomay.
NAMED: As manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, DEL CRANDALL, 42, manager of the Brewers' Evansville (Ind.) farm club, replacing DAVE BRISTOL, 38, who was fired after a 134-189 record in two seasons and a 10-20 start this year. Crandall was an All-Star catcher seven of his 11 years (1953-63) with the old Milwaukee Braves.